Could the palm oil arrangement between Indonesia and Switzerland offer lessons for EU and Indonesia free trade agreement negotiations?
The agreement innovates by linking tariff reductions to sustainability – but fails to integrate governance reform.
An update on the Indonesia-EU trade agreement
Indonesia and EU negotiators are continuing trade discussions. The EU must ensure respect for human rights and environment.
Pushing EU trade in the right direction?
Perrine Fournier analyses the French-Dutch call for making trade more sustainable in EU free trade agreements.
Indonesia’s response to coronavirus threatens to increase illegal logging
Perrine Fournier explains how the EU should react.
ASEAN and EU create group to explore palm oil sustainability issues
Issues surrounding palm oil are increasingly causing division between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); therefore, at their 22nd ministerial meeting in Brussels, 21 January 2019, they agreed to...
Deep in Denial
When the head of the WTO says trade does not impact the environment we should all be worried.
A solid starting point for sustainability and an EU-Indonesia FTA
The draft interim report of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) for the EU-Indonesia Free Trade negotiations (FW 237) places a strong emphasis on the lessons to be learned from the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and...
How to stop trade agreements from damaging forests and peoples' rights
The EU has made strong commitments to mitigate climate change, stop deforestation and respect human rights, including community rights to land. But they are at risk being undermined by trade agreements the EU is currently...
Could EU-Indonesia free trade deal end palm oil conundrum?
As a new round of free trade negotiations between the European Union and Indonesia begins in Brussels, improving forest governance should be central to any agreement.
Palm oil has had a lot of bad press. Shocked by numerous land...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...